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Tickets for The Royal Edinburgh: Skip The Line

See Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Britannia and Holyrood Palace with one ticket

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  • Three guided hop-on hop-off bus routes through Edinburgh take you from Old Town to New Town, from the Botanical Garden to the Britannia Yacht
  • Skip the line to Holyroodhouse Palace, the favorite residence of Queens Victoria and Elizabeth II, and the venue for both of Mary Queen of Scots' weddings
  • The Stone of Destiny in Edinburgh Castle (also known as the Stone of Scone or the Coronation Stone) is where kings of Scotland and England have been crowned for over a thousand years

The Royal Edinburgh ticket gets you 48 hours of unlimited travel on the City Sightseeing, Edinburgh Tour, and the Majestic Tour buses. Additionally, this package includes skip-the-line tickets to three must-see locales: Holyrood Palace, the Royal Yacht Britannia, and Edinburgh Castle. Go to what interests you, get right in to the busiest attractions, and stay as long as you want.

Get two full days to travel Auld Reekie by bus: so 41 stops on three different lines, all with audio accompaniment. Plus, skip-the-line access to three of the finest sites in the city!

Edinburgh Castle is a frequently besieged fortress that towers over the city, and is home to the oldest British crown jewels and the National War Museum. The Baroque Holyrood Palace lies on the other end of Royal Mile and is said to be the favorite residence of Queens Victoria and Elizabeth II.

Your bus routes will also take you out to Leith, where you can see another of Scotland's favorite visitor attractions: the luxurious Royal Yacht Britannia. This elegant vessel was the at-sea home of the British Royal family for 44 years.

With 1400 years of history, Edinburgh is home to more sights than one traveler could see - but that's no reason not to try!

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Skip The Line
What's included
  • Skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle
  • Skip-the-line access to Holyrood Palace
  • Skip-the-line access to Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Access to the Edinburgh Tour
  • Access to the Majestic Tour
  • Access to the City Sightseeing Tour
Starting point
31 Waverley Bridge, EH1 1BQ, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill, EH1 2NG, Edinburgh

Swap your smartphone voucher for a paper ticket at the Lothian Buses office on Waverley Bridge, near Waverley Station.


Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Additional info


  • April, May & October: 09:00 – 18:00
  • June - September: 09:00 – 19:00
  • November – March: 09:00 – 17:00

Getting There:

  • Any bus or train to Waverley Station
Insider tip

If you're early enough, there's a great view of the firing of the One O’Clock Gun from the tower of Edinburgh Castle that overlooks the battery of Mount Mills. Watch (and hear) a tradition that goes all the way back to 1861.

Senior Copywriter
Nov 15, 2018
Value for money!
Oct 22, 2018
Great service!
Oct 15, 2018
Great way to get around the city and the skip the line tickets are a must.
Sep 22, 2018
Fantastic with the value of 3 places to visit and 3 bus tours around Edinburgh town to take. The Edinburgh castle can be busy and lots to see so time taken away here such as almost a full day to see all the things inside.
Sep 19, 2018
I loved the commentary (in one case a terrific in-person guide) available on the various coaches with differing routes, the convenience of traveling around the city and the ability to enter the three major sites and skip the ticket buying line. In addition, I also found the drivers very helpful.
Sep 13, 2018
Wish the tour buses ran later than they do.
Sep 12, 2018
This was a good value and we got into all three places and enjoyed them all.
Sep 11, 2018
The whole package is great, 2 days of being able to hop on and off the buses, at any time as you need them, to see some fantastic sites without having to queue. What could be better.
The guides on each bus we used were great, giving a wonderful insight to the history of the city as you travelled around. Highly recommended and a must do, to experience.
Sep 4, 2018
Brilliant. Well worth visiting. Also the tea room to celebrate our wedding anniversary over lunch and a wine.
Sep 3, 2018

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